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How to activate 4G and put 4G mode for Ntc, Ncell and Smart

4G is now available in Nepal with Nepal Telecom (NTC), Ncell, and Smart Telecom. In the first phase, the 4G network is available in major cities and will soon extend to other areas. It seems people are excited to use 4G service on their mobile due to the fast data speed. But there is confusion in people about how to activate 4G and put 4G mode in their SIM and Phone. Here is the procedure for 4G activation, the 4G mode in the phone, 4G coverage, and 4G settings configuration.

4G LTE is the widely used mobile technology that is being used worldwide to cater to the demand for high-speed broadband service. Nepal’s 4G network is still in the growing phase along with the significant growth of the 4G subscribers. Although some of the developed worlds are starting a 5G network, for a country like Nepal, the 4G network will serve the people at least 5 more years, when the speed demand and different use cases could not be met by 4G. But Huawei CEO has predicted that 5G will come to Nepal in 2022.

How to activate 4G in Ncell, Ntc, and Smart Telecom

Here is the process to activate 4G in Ntc, Ncell, and Smart Cell.

  • For Ncell, you need to dial *324# to activate 4G. Changing the SIM card is not mandatory in Ncell. If your SIM card is the latest one, you need not change the SIM. Ncell upgrades the SIM card at Rs 1. You need to Visit Ncell Centers for the SIM up-gradation for 4G. All the new SIM card in Ncell are already 4G enabled. After enabling 4G, you will also get 1 GB data valid for 7 days that can be used over the duration of 5 am-5 pm. Read more: how to check the balance in Ncell >>
  • For NTC, you need to dial *444# to activate 4G.  Ntc has been using this feature from the first launch back in 2017. So every Ntc subscriber can access to 4G network if their handset or SIM supports 4G. If your Ntc SIM is not U-SIM, you will be notified of the sim change which is not free. Old SIM (from 4-5 years old) does not support 4G. So, please visit Ntc counters available in the major areas for the SIM upgrade. You will also get a 1GB (500 MB all network + 500 MB 4G) data pack for free upon the activation of 4G in your SIM. Find how to check balance and more in Ntc >>
  • For Smart Telecom, you also do not need to dial anything to enable 4G. You just need to be in Smart’s 4G covered area and then put your phone in 4G mode. If you have taken a new SIM from Smart, you do not need to change the SIM card. But if it’s an old one, Smart Telecom’s 4G also requires to change the SIM card. Read more: How to check balance, subscribe and more in Smart Telecom >>

Coverage Area of 4G in Nepal

  • Ncell claims to have widest 4G coverage in Nepal in 1000 areas and extending to more areas. It is mainly available in city areas for now.
  • Nepal Telecom (NTC) is the first operator to launch 4G in Nepal. Earlier they had 4G coverage in Kathmandu and Pokhara city only. But now they have expanded their 4G service to 36 districts. They are going to expand their 4G service to all parts of the country from an NTC mega 4G expansion project. Now, Ntc seems to be the widest 4G mobile network with more than 2000 locations of all 77 districts.
  • Although Smart Telecom has its mobile coverage in 45 districts, they have 4G coverage in 19 districts only. Their coverage expansion has been stalled for now, as they are looking for some investment in their company, which can happen any time soon.

How to put your phone in 4G mode.

  • For Android phones, you need to go to settings -> Mobile networks -> Preferred Network Type or Network Mode. Then select either 4G preferred or Prefer LTE or LTE/WCDMA/GSM. Some handsets may have LTE mode only, we recommend you not to select this LTE only mode. But these days most of the handset has a 4G preferred mode.
  • Some phones can also select the modes by dialing *#*#4636#*#* in android.
  • For iPhone (iOS), you need to go to Settings-> cellular, then select enable 4G or there may be cellular data options and go to Voice and Data. Then select LTE which is LTE preferred mode, that means the mobile will get a 4G signal until the 4G network is available, and goes to 3G or 2G based on the availability.

Read more: Ncell found to have the fastest mobile internet in Nepal >>

How to configure your phone for 4G internet in Ntc and Ncell

  • To configure your phone for 4G/3G/GPRS, you need to put the same APN as that of 2G GPRS, EDGE and 3G. In case of Ncell internet, you need to put the APN as following: Go to Settings-> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Name and configure settings as:
    • Name: Ncell
    • APN name: web
    • Leave all as it is, Save, make it default.

Read more: Latest Ncell data pack >>

  • To configure your phone for 4G/3G/GPRS internet in Ntc, you need to configure handsets as per the following APN.
    • Name: NTC
    • APN name: Ntnet
    • Leave all as it is, Save and make it default.
  • To configure your phone for 4G or GPRS in Smart Cell, you need to configure your mobile phone as below
    • Name: Smart Cell
    • APN name: Smart
    • Leave all as it is, save and make default

Sometimes you may need to delete all other APN. So in case it didn’t work, delete all others and restart your phone to confirm that the APN works.

Read more: Latest Ntc data pack >>

Do you like getting all the 4G activation information in one place? Have you activated 4G in your SIM (either Ntc, Ncell or Smart)? Does your area have 4G network coverage? Please comment below.

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